Vig­ils are held in hon­our of vic­tims

Manchester Evening News - - NATIONAL -

THE girl­friend of Lon­don Bridge ter­ror vic­tim Jack Mer­ritt broke down in tears as she at­tended a vigil in his mem­ory in Cam­bridge yes­ter­day.

Leanne O’Brien wept and clutched a cud­dly toy as she was sup­ported by fam­ily and friends at the event, which also hon­oured fel­low Cam­bridge grad­u­ate Saskia Jones.

Mr Mer­ritt, 25, and Miss Jones, 23, were both stabbed by 28-year-old con­victed ter­ror­ist Us­man Khan dur­ing a pris­oner re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion event they were sup­port­ing in Lon­don on Fri­day.

The Cam­bridge vigil took place as Boris John­son and Jeremy Cor­byn stood side-by­side to pay their re­spects at a sep­a­rate event at Guild­hall Yard in Lon­don, ob­serv­ing a minute’s si­lence along­side mem­bers of the pub­lic.

The pair were joined by Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan, who called for peo­ple to come to­gether fol­low­ing the killings and work for a fu­ture “not de­fined by ha­tred but de­fined by hope, unity and love”.

The vig­ils took place as West Mid­lands Po­lice said a 34-year-old man ar­rested in Stoke-on-Trent on sus­pi­cion of prepa­ra­tion of ter­ror­ist acts had been re­called to prison due to a breach of his li­cence con­di­tions.

He has been named in re­ports as Nazam Hus­sain, who was jailed with Us­man in 2012 for ter­ror­ism of­fences and, like Us­man, had been re­leased early on li­cence af­ter suc­cess­fully ap­peal­ing against his orig­i­nal in­de­ter­mi­nate sen­tence.

Of­fi­cers from the West Mid­lands Counter Ter­ror­ism Unit held him af­ter a search of his home on Satur­day.

The force has said there is no in­for­ma­tion to sug­gest he was in­volved in Khan’s at­tack at Lon­don Bridge. Of­fi­cers had been search­ing a home in Lind­ley Street, Stoke, yes­ter­day as part of the West Mid­lands Counter Ter­ror­ism in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A res­i­dent, who did not wish to be named, told the PA news agency: “I saw the man who lived there on the first day he ar­rived.

“He’s been there two months. He had a prison bag with him on the day he ar­rived and he met with two CID, so I knew it was some­thing se­ri­ous.

“The po­lice have cer­tainly been there since yes­ter­day, pos­si­bly be­fore.”

Khan, 28, also from Stoke, was on li­cence and wear­ing an elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing tag when he launched the Lon­don Bridge at­tack, which in­jured three oth­ers, af­ter he was in­vited to the pris­oner re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion con­fer­ence on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The event was or­gan­ised held by Learn­ing To­gether, a pro­gramme associated with Cam­bridge Univer­sity’s In­sti­tute of Crim­i­nol­ogy.

The at­tack has prompted the Min­istry of Jus­tice to re­view the li­cence con­di­tions of ev­ery con­victed ter­ror­ist re­leased from prison, which Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son said was “prob­a­bly about 74” peo­ple.

Mr John­son has vowed to take steps to en­sure peo­ple are not re­leased early when they com­mit se­ri­ous of­fences.

Leanne O’Brien, the girl­friend of Jack Mer­ritt, is com­forted by fam­ily mem­bers dur­ing a vigil at The Guild­hall in Cam­bridge

Sadiq Khan, Boris John­son and Jeremy Cor­byn take part in the vigil in Lon­don

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